Dental Implants

Dental implants/Tooth Implants are the single most important advancement in dentistry.

Tooth extraction is quite common due to poor dental health and gum disease. Leaving the missing tooth space empty may not sound too serious, but the consequences of not filling in the space can include:
• Adjacent teeth changing position
• Shrinking of the jawbone, making the face appear prematurely older
• Reduced self-confidence and a less appealing smile

Dental Implants/Tooth Implants

Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

Dental Implants are small titanium screws placed in bone to replace the root of a missing tooth. The titanium dental implant becomes integrated with the bone in a process known as osseointegration.

The abutment, and a crown or bridge, restores the missing part of the tooth/teeth above the gum.

The dental implant-supported restoration looks, feels and functions virtually like a real tooth. It is a permanent replacement solution for a missing tooth and can be used to replace dentures anywhere in the mouth. Dental implant supported restorations can truly increase the quality of life and allow you to enjoy food better.

 

Types of dental implant restorations:

• Crowns
• Bridges
• Dental implant-supported hybrid dentures
• Dental implant-retained bridges

A dental implant should be considered when:

• A tooth is beyond repair and requires an extraction
• Teeth are missing
• The number of teeth is insufficient for a tooth-supported bridge
• Upper and lower jaws are edentulous
• Dentures are loose or uncomfortable

Who is suitable for dental implants?

Basically, if you are healthy enough to have a tooth taken out, you are probably healthy enough to have a dental implant placed.

Patients are usually concerned about being too old for the procedure. There is no maximum age limit to who can receive a dental implant, only a minimum age limit. Patients who are still growing are usually not suitable for dental implant procedure.

Who is not suitable for dental implants?

Patients with the following conditions must be carefully evaluated:
• Uncontrolled diabetes
• Steroid therapy
• Connective tissue disorders